Congratulations on a fantastic concert! I hope those of you in First-Year Band don't forget your first Saint Patrick Concert. Thank you to all that came out in support. It was a great audience. Hope you will all come out in late February for our next concert. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Despite the closing of school today, December 19, due to the weather, the home varsity basketball game versus Nazareth Academy is on as scheduled. All members of the Saint Patrick GREEN BAND are expected to attend. Please allow for extra travel time and be on stage, ready to play, by 7:00 p.m. There probably won't be a large crowd, so our attendance is especially important. So get the word out! Remember, if you are in GOLD BAND, you can receive extra credit if you play. If not, come out and cheer on the Shamrocks!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
On Wednesday, December 17, at 7:30 in the Stahl Family Theater, the Saint Patrick Jazz Bands will perform in concert. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased from Mr. Carroll at school or through the Saint Patrick Box Office at https://www.stpatrick.org/theatre/. The First-Year Band, Jazz Band, and Honors Jazz Band will perform. Please make every effort to attend. Please also show your support by leaving your comments here. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Enrollment in jazz band automatically involves attendance at all rehearsals and performances. Absences from daily class time rehearsals are covered under school procedures. Occasionally, extra rehearsals (sectionals, individual instruction, extra help) outside of school time are arranged and attendance is expected unless arrangements have been made in advance. Absences from performances can considerably affect a grade depending upon the reason, means of notification, and amount of advance notice. If a possible absence can be foreseen, a note should be given to the director when the conflict is first discovered. Outside employment is not considered an excused absence. AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FROM A PERFORMANCE MAY AFFECT FUTURE PARTICIPATION AND ADVANCEMENT IN THE BAND PROGRAM. School class work (which Jazz Band IS) is a top priority. Illness should be of a major nature to be considered excused. If the absence needs to be made up, the director will inform you of his expectations afterwards. In the case of a last minute situation, every effort must be made to notify the director of the absence. However, you must try to avoid all conflicts of schedules (see BAND CALENDAR). It is virtually impossible to make up an absence of equal importance or weight as the actual performance itself. Do not feel that one person’s absence will not make a difference – every one is important.
I understand that there are inevitably conflicts that arise. I ask for your understanding that if you anticipate an absence, please let me know as soon as possible. In most cases I can cover the part if there is an absence but only if I have enough rehearsal time to do so. Please also review the 2008-2009 Calendar for future conflicts. Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The Honors Jazz Band performed in concert with Jeff Hedberg & C11 at 7:00 tonight at the Skokie Theatre. The men performed exceptionally well in this newly renovated theatre. They performed many of the same works from their October 29 concert: The Raider Returns, Thaditude, This Can't Be Love, Out of Nowhere, and In the Stone.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
One of the most rewarding things for me was assembling the video with our video expert Pat Duggan. I was very happy as to how it turned out. The songs that we used were (in order): Vertigo (U2), I'll Be (Dan Darrah), and Live Out Loud (Steven Curtis Chapman). Dan is my very talented cousin. Check out more of his music at www.dandarrah.com. His is similar in style to Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Dave Matthews.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Anyway, as of this morning, I have signed my contract and intend on returning for the 2008-09 school year. I am sorry if this caused any anxiety or frustration for anyone. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to call or email.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
- Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 - Chorus and Concert Band Concert
- Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 - Percussion Concert
- Thursday, May 8, 7:30 - Jazz Concert
- Thursday, May 22, 7:30 - Performing & Visual Arts Awards Night
- Tuesday, May 27, 7:30 - Graduation
Friday, April 4, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
We then went to the riverfront for a wonderful Mississippi cruise on the steamboat Natchez.
Following the cruise, the guys got one last chance to shop and then we were off to Chicago. The trip was uneventful. We had a late dinner at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Mississippi, watched many movies on the bus, and made it home about 9:15 (due to Saturday morning Chicago traffic). I am very proud of the guys and all they did to make this a great trip!
Friday, March 28, 2008
We then went on a Haunted Tour of New Orleans. Our tour guide was a published author and has been featured on many national television programs about the paranormal activity of New Orleans. Ask your son about some of the fascinating stories. Here are a couple of shots from our tour:
After a long walk back to the hotel, it's time for some shut eye before our last day. Tomorrow's activities will include a clinic at the Monk Institute of Jazz and a lunch and jazz cruise on the famed Natchez Riverboat. If I don't get a chance to blog tomorrow, it will probably be because I may not have wi-fi access. So pray for our safe travels.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
We then went to the Aquarium of the Americas and saw a fantastic IMAX movie entitled Hurricane on the Bayou. It chronicles the damage of Katrina and illustrates how the vanishing wetlands worsened the damage. Very moving...
Well we need to leave for some authentic New Orleans cuisine at Michaul's Restaurant and then head off on our Haunted Tour of New Orleans. Ooooooooo......
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Once we arrived in NOLA we met our tour guide and walked along the Riverwalk to Jackson Square:
We then had a little time to explore, so we broke up into groups and walked around the French Quarter. One of the most impressive sights was the Saint Louis Cathedral (which is the oldest in the U.S.):
We then reconvened and went to rehearse at De La Salle High School for tomorrow's performance. The students and staff couldn't have been nicer and we are really looking forward to performing tomorrow.
Hard Rock Cafe was our dinner destination followed by a fantastic performance by Carl LeBlanc and his band at Preservation Hall. Carl even offered to jam with our guys but we had our instruments at De La Salle. Oh well....
On our interesting trek through Bourbon Street we ran into SPHS alum Joe Badsing!!! He was here with a contingent from Elmhurst College building a Habitat for Humanity home which was a great example for our guys. We got into the hotel around 9:45. More to follow tomorrow.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Directions to T-F South High School
Monday, February 25, 2008
We had two ensembles performing, Jazz Band and Honors Jazz Band. Jazz Band received a III rating with Outstanding Musician awards going to Seniors Pat O'Hara & John Catalano, Junior Jesse Flores, and Sophomores Ed Stypka and Tim Puczkowskyj. Honors Jazz Band received a II rating with Senior Austin O'Brien receiving an Outstanding Musician award. Both bands were adjudicated by some of the top jazz artists & educators in the Midwest and received helpful comments that will help us to improve.
Congratulations to the members of both bands!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Jazz in the Meadows Article
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
HELLO FELLOW BAND MEMBERS!
Friday, February 8 at 4 pm in the Notre Dame gym
....and bring signs is you feel like it.
BE THERE OR BE CIRCLE.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Shamrock Bands Schedule for the Festival
Friday, January 25, 2008
The good news is that it won't change the total amount of games that will be played. Because the February 2 game was originally scheduled for BOTH Green & Gold bands, Green Band will play for the February 8 game and Gold Band will play for the February 9 game. Since Jazz Band will be playing at New Trier H.S. earlier on February 9, I will provide pizza for those guys staying through for the game.
I am sorry if this creates a problem with family schedules. I will of course honor any previously scheduled conflicts. The scheduled February16 game is still correct. Please make every effort to be at your assigned game. If you cannot attend, please find a substitute and see me ASAP.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
On this blog will be things related to the Saint Patrick Band Program. There will be posts about the jazz bands, concert band, athletic bands, combos, and anything else of interest to all Shamrock Band students AND parents.
I do hope that you will join this little blogging community by interacting & commenting. Maybe the first thing I should do is ask you, "What would you like to see here?" I'll even give you a two bar count-off. Ready? One... Two... One, two, three, four...
In the interest of self-deprecating humor, I am not nearly cool enough to be in this picture with this guy, but here's one of my favorite non-family pictures: